Ozzy Osbourne – Who was complaining earlier today (November 1st) that he’s “been suffering terribly from people downloading” his new album BLACK RAIN – will have the album reissued on November 20th as a Special Limited Edition Tour Package featuring a bonus CD of live tracks and B-Sides. The bonus CD tracklisting includes: ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’ (live), ‘Not Going Away’ (live), ‘Here For You’ (live), ‘Nightmare’, ‘Can’t Save You’ and ‘Love To Hate’.
Ozzy spoke to Cameron Adams from Australia’s Herald Sun recently about a number of topics including his current album Black Rain. While Black Rain made No. 3 on the US Billboard charts, like everyone else, Osbourne is battling lower sales in the modern era.
“I’ve been suffering terribly from people downloading it. If they don’t find something to stop it, people won’t be able to make records. There won’t be any new bands. How are they going to survive?
“I’m an old-timer, I’ve been doing it 40 years now, but new bands are going to suffer. It’s ridiculous, you could be doing it for nothing.
“Sharon said I’d be astounded to find out how many bands are touring because you can download a record but you can’t beat a rock show.”
I bought the first pressing of the new Ozzy record (read the review here) and I didn’t like it: everything from the music, to the vocals, to the artwork or lack thereof, and the lack of a booklet. The only thing going for it was the code inside for 2 free Ozzfest tickets that I couldn’t give away!
Then the album is released in Japan with full artwork (see above) and 2 bonus tracks. A third version is released, second for the U.S., with the full artwork (the non-artwork version was “limited edition”). Now we get the “Tour Edition”…..
The good news on this new reissue is that the artwork is the same as the Japanese and second U.S. pressing AND two of the bonus tracks (‘Nightmare’ & ‘Can’t Save You’) are the two bonus tracks for the Japanese version. Honestly, I can’t justify buying this album again but the 2nd CD of bonuses is interesting. If the local shop has it at a low sale price, I might grab it for completist purposes.